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Turkey Protesters Say Erdogan Supporters Attacked Them in Washington

Eleena Tovar | 19 May, 2017, 20:24

Erdogan said he told the United States that Turkey could not be part of the operation to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa from Islamic State because of the participation of the YPG. After their meeting, Trump praised Erdogan as a stalwart ally in the fight against the Islamic State group and the PKK, the Kurdish group that has been fighting Turkey and complicating USA efforts to fight ISIS in northern Syria.

The incident, which took place the same day Erdogan met with President Trump at the White House, is said to have stained the diplomatic visit of the Turkish President who received assurance from Washington that the United States position on Kurdish issue will not cloud relations between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies. Nor did they answer whether or not the Turkish personnel involved in the attack would be disciplined.

It was unclear if they were members of Mr Erdogan's security or protesters.

A senior House Republican is calling on the Trump administration to investigate whether criminal charges are warranted against members of the Turkish president's security detail. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said in a Thursday interview on MSNBC.

"Violence is never an appropriate response to free speech, and we support the rights of people everywhere to free expression and peaceful protest", said the statement.

"This is the United States of America", McCain wrote.

But the Turkish Embassy said the demonstrators were aggressively provoking Turkish-Americans who had gathered to greet the president, and they in turn responded in self-defence.

"This kind of thing cannot go unresponded to diplomatically", he said, adding that legal action could be pursued.

Still, Nauert sought to acknowledge Turkey's misgivings about terrorism by the PKK and other groups.

Rep. Ed Royce of California says bodyguards traveling with Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his official state visit to Washington "viciously beat multiple individuals, throwing them to the ground and kicking them in the head".

About two dozen demonstrators were present before Tuesday's skirmish, which occurred as President Trump hosted Erdogan at the White House.

In their Oval Office meetings Tuesday, Trump did not mention Erdogan's increasingly tight grip on power in Turkey or allegations of irregular elections under his leadership.

USA government officials have been roundly critical of the guard's actions.

Cavusoglu said Thursday that the Trump administration "did not show any reaction" to the Turkish warning. He said 11 people and one of his officers were injured during the incident, which was partially captured on video by media outlets.

Earlier President Trump and president Erdogan promised to strengthen ties between their two nations, despite the Turkish leader's stern warning about Washington's arming of Kurdish militias.